Prayer for the Deceased

Yes, today is Halloween but it was originally celebrated as “All Hallow’s Eve.” All Hallow’s Eve was (is) the day before All Saint’s Day which is the day we remember all the “unsung Saints” who are now in Heaven.

Something not so mentioned (or popular) nowadays is All Soul’s Day. It is a day that we pray in a special way for the souls in Purgatory. The official day All Soul’s Day is November 2 but we can (and should) pray anytime for those dear souls. So, let us do so today:

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Receive in tranquility and peace, O Lord, the souls of your servants who have departed this present life to come to you. Grant them rest and place them in the habitations of light, the abodes of blessed spirits. Give them the life that will not age, good things that will not pass away, delights that have no end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”St. Ignatius of Antioch

May all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace!

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Hat tip to MyCatholicSource.com which is where I found this prayer.

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. I think the following scripture (the 2nd reading from the feast day’s mass) from Philippians 2:6-11 sums up this feast perfectly:

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Though He was in the From of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at.

Rather, He took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men.

He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that He humbled himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!

Because of this, God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name above every other name,

So that at Jesus’ name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father:

JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

I cannot even begin to fathom the awesomeness of God’s mercy in giving us His son, Jesus, to suffer, die and rise for our salvation. It is simply mind-boggling. What an amazing love God has for us! What lengths He went to in order to assure our place in heaven and to bring us into relationship with Him!

May we today, and every day, remember that great love, especially when we go through struggles and difficulties. There is no suffering that we go through that will compare to the sufferings of Jesus. He knows the feelings of desolation, despair, and agony. And because of that, He is able to assist us and be with us in our suffering. Let us try to live in trust and hope knowing God will always be there for us!

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Have Courage

We must always remember that no matter what happens in our lives, God has already won the victory in Christ Jesus. Our job is to take heart and to bear our trials with patience, even when it is not easy. Check out this encouraging quote by St. John of the Cross:

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There will be trials ahead, both personally and as a society, but if we remain fast, persevere with courage, and trust in the Lord, all will work out according to HIS plan, and for our greater good! God bless!

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Quote found at Catholicbible101

Saint Andrew, Pray for Us!

Saint Andrew, Pray for Us!

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Today is the feast of Saint Andrew, a wonderful and powerful saint. He was a great Apostle and missionary of the Lord. He is mentioned several times in the gospel. In fact, he brought Saint Peter to Jesus. I love that Saint Andrew told Peter, “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41) after only one encounter! Of course there were ups and downs in his relationship with the Lord, but after the Resurrection and St. Andrew receives the Holy Spirit he becomes a mighty instrument for the Lord!

Saint Andrew died a martyr on a cross that was in the shape of an X. He was not nailed, but bound, to the cross and suffered for two days before finally passing to the Lord. Saint Andrew is the patron of fisherman and the countries of Russia, Scotland, and Greece. He also has the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena named after him.

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

The Saint Andrew Christmas novena starts today, November 30, and continues until Christmas day. The prayer is very short and simple. All you have to do is say the following prayer 15 times a day, every day from now until Christmas. (I promise you, it only takes a few minutes.)

“Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of his Blessed Mother. Amen.”

By the way, you don’t have to say the prayer 15 times all at once. Some years I do, but some years, I break it up and say the prayer five times in a row, three times a day. I just added it to my prayers before meals. Some years, I break it up and say the prayer two times a day (7 times and then 8 times). Also, don’t be scrupulous if you miss a day or two, I’ve done that, too!

(You can get a printable version of the prayer here. Subscribers go to your page to download printable.)

Resources

Here are some links to peruse and get to know Saint Andrew better.

AmericanCatholic.org

New Advent

Catholic.org

SaintAndrew.us

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Your Life is Precious and has Value

No matter what you are going through, no matter how bleak life seems sometimes, please never forget that life is a gift. You are precious, unique, and you are on this earth for a reason.

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I write this because last week I read how a 24-year-old healthy woman in Belgium will kill herself this summer via assisted suicide. Her name is Laura.

According to LifeNews,

“Euthanasia for psychological reasons is done when a psychiatrist agrees that the psychological pain that a person is experiencing cannot be relieved in a way that the individual finds acceptable. That means, Laura may be treatable, but Laura has decided that the only acceptable “treatment” is death.”

How unbelievably sad and heartbreaking. Euthanasia should never be an acceptable option, especially for “psychological reasons.” People who suffer from depression or other type of psychological pain need help and support; what they don’t need is to be killed off, even if they “think” that’s what they want.

God has created every human being in HIS image. Life is a gift and God is always with us, whether we realize it or not. Which leads me to the heart of the issue here. Life is hard. It just is, but life without God, can be almost impossible.

Belgium is supposed to be a predominately Catholic country. But where is God in this situation? He has been completely disregarded and ignored. The doctors and government officials have made themselves “god.” God’s existence and active presence has been almost completely eradicated from the minds and hearts of so many of us, it is  not that too surprising that death has become a viable option for some.

Listen, I’m not a Pollyanna. I have struggled (and sometimes still struggle) with depression. In fact, there have been times in my life when I seriously considered suicide. So believe me, depression is real and psychological pain is very real.

However, I also have the love and support of wonderful family and friends. I am also blessed with an uncompromising faith that knows that God is there, even in the dark times. Over many years, I have received healing, grace, and unbounded hope and trust in the Lord. Yes, that trust and faith waivers at times, but it is the foundation of my life.

And, that is what this poor woman Laura needs. It is what every person needs. Until we rediscover our faith and begin a real and living relationship with Jesus Christ, we will never understand the real, amazing gift and value of life.

So I say again, YOU are precious, YOU have value, YOU matter. If you are struggling, get help. Talk to a priest (or other clergy if you aren’t Catholic). Get help from health professionals (preferably faith-based) who will guide you and help you into a better place. Because, things DO get better.

As always, know that I pray for you, my readers, and if you have a special intention never hesitate to contact me. I will add your name to my prayer list that I pray over almost every day.

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My Wish For You

This Advent prayer speaks to my heart today:

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to your promises and ever close to your Church: the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’s coming and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time. Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which his presence will bestow, for he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

(Prayer found at catholic.org.)

As we approach the final week of Advent, it is my deepest wish that you know Christ’s healing love for you. And that your heart is filled with great peace, hope and joy in the knowledge of His awesome and abiding presence.